PowerHouse Golden Girls

PowerHouse Womens Rugby has had many players pass through our fold, and in an effort to keep those no longer playing (for fact of age or place of residence), up to date on whats happening with the team, the Golden Girls newsletter/blog is here to keep you posted.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Dutchie in the national squad!

Hi girls!! For those who don’t know me: I’m Emilie, Em or Dutchie and I played for Powerhouse in the season of 2004 and had a blast in Melbourne.

I have great news to share with you guys because I’ve been selected for the Dutch squad to play the European Cup 2008 which is held in my own country; lovely Holland!!!

Our first match will be on May 17th in Amsterdam against France, number 2 of Europe (we are ranked 7th). I’ve had the privilege to play them last year in Madrid and I have to say they’re a tough side… They tend to kick a lot and their mauls are pretty impressive. As a prop forward I learned just to stay put during the whole kicking thing and work my ass off in the mauls.

Our next match will be on May 20th in my home town Leiden, on my home grounds of L.R.C. DIOK, which is so cool, because the whole club and all of my friends can come and watch Holland play!! Opposition will be either Scotland or Wales, depending on the first round.

Last games are held on May 24th, again in Amsterdam.

Our head coach is Ozzie and I make fun of his accent every week, but I secretly love listening to his Ozzie accent because it makes me feel like I’m back in Australia!!

So girls, please think of me and Holland in that week in May!! I’ll sent an update after the tournament to let you all know how we performed.

For more info: www.wec2008.nl (also available in English, click the little icon upper right side).

Lots of love, Em

All the girls from my club L.R.C. DIOK who’ve been selected with me bottom left!

[Msg from Marika: I'm so sorry for the delay in posting this Emilie - i only just found this email now!]

Golden Girls Day out at Home

its round 4 this week and were finally at HOME! were playing against MONASH so come on down and support our girls. the game is at 12 o'clock - so you then have plenty of time to head to the club, out or home to watch the other big game (the super 14 final of course!)

Round 3 - Box Hill at Eltham

Imagine lots of rain (yes i know thats hard to do in Victoria). Well thats what we had in Eltham. The game was pretty slow and unfortunately resulted in a loss for us.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Round 2 - Northern at Endeavour Hills

All the teams made the excursion to Endeavour Hills this week to put on a good show of womens rugby in the east. After a late start due to a ref 'no show' - Monash got a lesson in 'how-to-score-a-try-from-broken-play' (several times over...) from Box Hill (ouch!).
We played Northern immediately after. The same absent ref was scheduled for our match too, so Jo (Monash) volunteered to hone her ref'ing skill for our game. She did a great job - mustn't have run hard enough in her game ;) !
The score line blew out a little with plenty of 'run-round-us-wide' tries by Northern, but the try of the match was definitely our forward burst down the blind side from about 30m out (no I'm not biased at all!).

Monday, May 05, 2008

Round 1 - Monash at Monash

Despite of the crappy forecast, the sun was out for a good game of rugby at Monash on Saturday. We were a couple short but still played as full a game as possible, our scrums were solid and we were really effective at broken play. the score was pretty close for much of the game. there were two contenders for the 'most glamorous feature of the game':
1) our rolling maul that went for 30m, or
2) nose's leg ('just a bruise' you might say, well this bruise stuck out so it looked like a grapefruit was sitting on her leg)
Monash pulled away with a win close to the end of the match, showing that fitness and clever kicking can win games.